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    March 13, 2014

    The 5 Geekiest Online Wine Sites

    Many of our life experiences have been enhanced by the internet. Just think about the days prior to Facebook when all we got were a few birthday cards and now we awake on our birthday to several dozen birthday wishes. Our wine experience is no different, the wealth of content related to wine on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2013

    Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed. Jeff Kraus' 5 Best T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    The Fry Bread House in Central Phoenix Moving to New Location

    The Fry Bread House, the Phoenix restaurant that, in 2012, won the James Beard Foundation's America's Classics award honoring legendary, family-owned restaurants across the country, is moving. Opened in 1992 by Cecelia Miller of the Tohono O'odham Nation, the place the Beard Foundation recognized f ... More >>

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    July 4, 2013
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    June 17, 2013

    Crudo and Noca Team Up for a One-Night-Only, Five-Course Cocktail Dinner in Praise of the Tomato

    Some say tomato. Others, tomahto. But when it comes to to enjoying the flavor of this perfect summertime fruit, you'll want to say "reservations, please" when venerable East Phoenix restaurants Crudo and Noca join forces to praise it proper. See also: - English Rose Tea Room to Host Royal Baby Show ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Heirloom Tomato Dinner at Binkley's in Cave Creek June 19

    The most versatile -- and perhaps most succulent -- of summer fruits isn't the peach, blackberry, or mango. No, it's the humble tomato, often overlooked as a mere sandwich topping or fodder for bland canned sauces. Join chef Kevin Binkley on Wednesday, June 19, as he honors heirloom tomatoes with wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Robert McGrath Takes Summer Gig at Mustang Monument Eco-Resort in Nevada

    James Beard Award winner and host of Emmy Award-winning Check, Please! Arizona on PBS, Robert McGrath has landed a unique summer gig as executive chef for a brand new eco-resort in Nevada. Situated in the wilderness, in the middle of a wild mustang preserve in the northeastern part of the state, Mus ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013
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    April 25, 2013

    Revival of Arizona Watermelon Festival in Historic Glendale on June 8

    This summer, one of Arizona's oldest food festivals is back after lying fallow for several decades. First held in 1949, the Arizona Watermelon Festival is an old-timey Glendale tradition that once brought together up to 40,000 people each year to celebrate local agriculture. The revived version will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Bink's Midtown Is a Must (Especially When It Comes to Veggies)

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Two Scottsdale Restaurants Make OpenTable's List of Top 100 Hot Spots

    When you're hot you're hot. And when you're the hottest restaurant in town, people take notice. See also: - Chou's Kitchen Makes Travel Leisure's List of Best Chinese Restaurants in the U.S. - Chef Kevin Binkley a Finalist for James Beard Award At least, that's what OpenTable did. The online res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Kevin Binkley to Open Bink's Midtown in Phoenix on Wednesday

    No, it isn't your St. Patrick's Day hangover messin' with your head: Bink's Midtown, the restaurant from James Beard Award-nominated chef Kevin Binkley, will open this week in the former Sophie's Bistro space on Osborn. See also: -2013 James Beard Award Semifinalists Announced: 4 Arizona Candidate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Mark Tarbell, Beau MacMillan, and Barbara Fenzl to Team Up with Childsplay on April 13

    A "Recipe for Disaster Dinner" doesn't exactly sound like the kind of thing with which Mark Tarbell, Iron Chef winner Beau MacMillan, or Southwestern-cuisine guru Barbara Fenzl would be associated. But the trio of powerhouse chefs won't be in the kitchen for the Childsplay event -- ironically, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Cullen Campbell's Crudo to Host a Late-Night Pop-Up Pizza Party

    He may be cooking at the James Beard Award House in April, but Cullen Campbell, chef-owner of Crudo, his modern Italian restaurant in East Phoenix, still likes to party -- pizza party, that is. See also: - Crudo Chef Cullen Campbell Invited to Cook at the James Beard House - 11 Best Pizza Spots in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Celebrity Chef Charity Dinner at Praying Monk in Scottsdale on March 10

    Under normal circumstances, we'd have to log quite a few miles in order to enjoy plates created by Aaron May, Christopher Gross, Matt Carter, and Josh Herbert in one night. And that's assuming we'd be able to stuff ourselves with that much food. It won't be a problem, however, on March 10 when the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Maple-Rye Crème Brûlée at Market Street Kitchen

    While it's true that Market Street Kitchen at DC Ranch is best classified as a neighborhood restaurant, it's a neighborhood restaurant aimed at a pretty sophisticated audience. See also: Rich Heider Whips Up Heavenly Hot Chocolate Cocktails at Market Street Kitchen How else to explain a legit c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    Edible Communities Launches an iPhone App with Recipes, Menus and Bonus Organic Gardening Magazine Subscription

    The James Beard Award winning collection of regional and seasonal food magazines, Edible Communities, founded by Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian, has recently launched an iPhone app. See also: - Four Best Farmers Markets in Greater Phoenix - Chow Bella's 9 Most Dramatic Moments in the National Foo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Cullen Campbell Dishes on the Food Network Star That Pumped Him Up and His Favorite Local Dishes

    This is part two of my interview with Cullen Campbell, chef-owner of Crudo. If you missed part one, where Campbell dishes about the catch-phrase he thinks is pointless and explains how he under-estimated his customers. See also: -- Pete DeRuvo Dishes on the Phenomenal Chef Phoenix Lost to NYC and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Barrio Cafe: Good -- But Glorified -- Mexican Food

    Hey, readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, steak in Buenos Aires and a "life-changi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    18: Sam Fox

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Beau MacMillan Stars in New Game Show "Beat the Chefs," Premiering Thursday, August 23rd

    See also: Beau MacMillan To Appear On Premiere of Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Made Beau Mac -- executive chef of Elements at Sanctuary Resort -- is our local celeb-chef and certifiably famous TV star, the high-energy, fast-talking BoSox buff who's truly in his element on the small screen. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Fox Restaurant Concepts Moving Headquarters to Arcadia; New Digs Will House a Restaurant As Well

    See also: Fox Restaurant Concepts Planning to Open a (Shh...) on Camelback Road In April, when I asked Fox Restaurant Concepts, the company headed up by restaurateur and 2012 James Beard Award semifinalist Sam Fox, to respond to a rumor I'd heard about them leasing some land on Camelback Road, a re ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 7, 2012
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    April 26, 2012

    Janos and J Bar in Tucson to Close Next Month

    May 27 no doubt will be a dark day for Tucson food lovers. Two of the city's most acclaimed restaurants -- Janos and J Bar -- will serve their last suppers on May 26 before permanently shuttering their doors at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa. In a phone interview with Chow Bella, celeb chef J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    A Friends of James Beard Dinner in Our Own Backyard Last Night

    Is a trip to NYC and a dinner at the famed James Beard House on your "bucket list"? Note to self, a taste of the experience and access to James Beard award winning chefs from across the nation is right in your backyard. Well, it was last night, anyway. While the James Beard Foundation celebrates ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Gâteau Marjolaine at Christopher's

    Phoenix isn't exactly a culinary hub, and the Valley's restaurants don't always get the kind of attention as those in New York, L.A., and Seattle. But we have our fair share of star chefs, and if there was a leader of the pack, it might just have to be Chef Christopher Gross. He and his restaurants ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Almond Fritters with Azuki Bean Syrup at Nobuo Teeter House

    With James Beard Award-winning Chef Nobuo Fukuda at the helm, it's no wonder that Nobuo Teeter House has one of the best restaurant reputations in town. However, it seems like every time someone says, "Their food is absolutely incredible," the high praise is followed by, "...but so expensive." Serve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Chris Bianco: Behind the Design of Italian Restaurant, Pizzeria Bianco, Pane Bianco, and Bar Bianco

    ​Local chef and restaurateur Chris Bianco takes obvious pride in his food (after all, not every pizza in Phoenix can beat out a pie from New York City).  But equal to the fresh ingredients, including his own tomatoes, mozzarella, and family pasta recipes, are the environments that Bianco cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    This Week's Tastiest Links!

    ​- The chimichanga as our official state food? Macayo's says yes. I say no. - Chow Bella - The James Beard Foundation announces its semifinalists for the 2012 JBF Restaurant and Chefs Awards. Let's hear it for Valley love! - Chow Bella - Think coffee-cup rings are boring? Artist Hong Yi begs ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Scottsdale Culinary Festival: Battling Burgers, Chocolate and Wine, & Travel Channel Celebs

    Spring will be here before we know it (Yer outta here, chilly, low seventy-degree days!) and that means celebrations-a-go-go for the Valley, including one of the biggest and most popular: The Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Featuring six days of events, restaurants and chefs, wine and spirits, and ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Blood, Bones and Butter Author Gabrielle Hamilton Chats with Chow Bella Book Club

    We got a chance this weekend to chat by phone with chef and author Blood, Bones and Butter. She'd just touched down in Louisville, Kentucky, in the middle of both the country and her book tour for the recently released paperback version of the book. This Thursday she'll be in Tempe at Changing Han ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Ten Food Trend Predictions for 2012

    ​ Just about everybody is offering up their predictions for the food trends of 2012. Trends come and go in a flash sometimes, especially in this era of social media. While no one will know for sure what will take off, Chow Bella toss out our two cents to this food trend list trend.  Here's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Serious Eats Gives Some Serious Shout-Outs to Valley Favorites in New Book

    Ed Levine and the Serious Eats team.​This week, Serious Eats, the website and blog created by food critic and author Ed Levine and winner of two James Beard awards, released its first publication entitled, "Serious Eats: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Eating Delicious Food Wherever You Ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    The Five Most Disgusting Foods in the World

    ​From bugs to dirt to rotten animal parts, there sure are plenty of disgusting things to eat out there. You may think you've seen it all but we've complied a list of what we believe to be the five most disgusting, truly gut-wrenching, make-you-throw-up-in-your-mouth-a-little foods from all over th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Chef Christopher Gross to Host Wine Dinner at Christopher's and Crush Lounge

    ​Looks like some busy days ahead for Christopher Gross, chef and owner of Christopher's and Crush Lounge in Central Phoenix. In addition to his ongoing participation in helping to overhaul the Wrigley Mansion and participating in Arizona Restaurant Week, the James Beard Award-winner is also h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Bob's Big Burger from Renegade Canteen

    ​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email 47: Bob's Big Burge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Nobuo at Teeter House: One-Night Only, 5-Course Tasting Dinner, Sea Saw Style, on Thursday, May 26

    ​Give the people what they want. That seems to be the response from chef Nobuo Fukuda of Nobuo at Teeter House. When fans kept asking for a night of tasting (a la Sea Saw, the now-defunct Japanese tapas bar that earned Fukuda a James Beard Award in 2007), he obliged, with a one-night-only, 5-c ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 10, 2011
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    February 22, 2011

    Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

    What's up with all the contests lately? Last week, the big news was all the Arizonans on the semifinalist list for James Beard Awards. Also, Noca's Chris Curtiss landed in Food Wine's chef popularity contest, which the public can vote on. Now, round three in the competition department: the Ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Pane Bianco Opens for Dinner Service

    Pane Bianco, the Italian sandwich take-out shop owned by James Beard Award-winning pizzaiolo Chris Bianco, now serves a full dinner menu from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.  "We wanted to expand the experience at Pane, with iconic dishes from my childhood," Bianco says. The rest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Renegade Canteen Launches Weekend Brunch

    ​Doesn't a hearty brunch just seem like something a Southwestern restaurant should just own? Apparently chef Robert McGrath -- being the Valley's foremost authority on Southwestern flavors, thanks to that James Beard Award -- agrees, and has just added brunch service to the offerings at Rene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Litchfield's Set to Open Friday at The Wigwam

    Litchfield's Talus Wind lamb rack.​Head West, dear foodie!Jerry Colangelo's $7 million renovation of The Wigwam -- the historic luxury resort in the West Valley -- is finally coming to fruition with all-new dining options, including a new farm-to-table concept that James Beard Award winner Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Chef Announced For New Eatery to Replace Red's Steakhouse at the Wigwam

    ​After recently celebrating its 80th anniversary, the Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa is undergoing a $7 million rejuvenation that includes a new signature restaurant to replace Red's Steakhouse. Brian Cooper (former exec sous chef at Lon's and sous chef at T. Cook's) returns to the Val ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Chef Robert McGrath Hosting New PBS Show

    ​James Beard Award-winning chef Robert McGrath of North Scottsdale's Renegade Canteen has just been named the host of a new television show on Eight, Arizona's PBS channel. Check, Please! will be a half-hour restaurant review program featuring three different regular Arizonans' takes o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza Cooks For Political Fundraiser

    "I always watched politics like sports," says Barrio Cafe chef-owner Silvana Salcido Esparza. "But SB 1070 was the straw that broke the camel's back." Nowadays, the acclaimed culinary talent -- who was a semifinalist for a James Beard Award this year -- is getting more politically involved, speaking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Photos: Chef Peter DeRuvo at James Beard House

    An invitation to cook at Manhattan's James Beard House -- home of the late, great chef and food writer -- is a special honor for the country's best chefs, and last month Sassi executive chef Peter DeRuvo had a rare opportunity to do just that. His July 21 dinner, titled, "Sassi's Italian Summe ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    Dear Top Chef: Just Desserts, Please Kick Ass in TV's Pastry Playground, Start With Warring Cupcakes

    ​On Wednesday, September 15, at 11 p.m. ET/PT, Bravo will launch Top Chef: Just Desserts, spin-off of the 2010 Primetime Emmy-nominated and James Beard Award-winning Top Chef. "Pastry chefs have a different brain than savory chefs," says the show's host and judge of Top Chef for the past seven se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Chris Bianco Branches Out to the Wigwam

    Until Chris Bianco's asthma problems interfered with his day-to-day routine as Arizona's most famous pizzaiolo, the James Beard award-winning chef was a permanent fixture at Pizzeria Bianco's wood-burning oven, where he often watched the Phoenix Suns on a tiny TV next to his workspace. Former Suns o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Now Open in North Scottsdale: Renegade Canteen

    ​Multiple delays and a big-name chef have made Renegade Canteen one of this year's most highly anticipated restaurant debuts, and now tonight's the night when fans of chef Robert McGrath can once again get their fill of his distinctive American Western cooking. The James Beard Award wi ... More >>

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    March 27, 2008
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